"Don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something. You have a dream, fight for it." - from the Pursuit of Happyness

Growth Mindset

In the past we had students with backgrounds ranging from literature and modern art, to engineering and mathemathics, or students who did not finish high school. We found that the best indicator of success does not depend on our students' grades, education or family background, but on the presence of something called "growth mindset". It reflects the belief that one's ability to learn is not fixed, that it can change with effort, and most importantly, that failure is not a permanent condition.

How to Apply

We have different stories, but all our students share the following:

No matter how hard it gets you find a way to reach your goal. Over and over again. We look for people who day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, work very hard towards a better future.


To us passion represents an endless genuine curiosity. With every answer, new questions come up, time passes faster, and you find yourself working late into the night - this is too important to wait for tomorrow.

Before Applying Make Sure You Understand:

(this is really important, please read carefully)

For the first 6 months you will be required to work over 60 hours a week, that's over 10 hours a day - sometimes we work on weekends. Let us repeat this, this will be intense, we will push your limits, and in effect change your lifestyle completely. Most students expect the ONE Program to be like attending school or university. It is not. In no uncertain terms, let us make it clear this is a transformative experience of the most challenging type. An example of a successful student lifestyle is someone who will wake up at 6 AM, fit a workout before class starts at 9 AM, and then work hard until evening. Sleeping at the campus is common, and any type of part time job or extracurriculars will be close to impossible. Please do not apply if you have other commitements.

Now that we put you a bit on the fence, know that even though it is hard, it's also deeply rewarding. We've seen bonds and friendships of the strongest type develop in our class. There is no sense of competition at Restart ONE, and our students help each other succeed. We commonly organize sport activities, yoga and meditation sessions, and social events on an almost weekly basis. We look at the ONE Program as a chance to start again, irrespective of your background, look ahead and reach your true potential. We are here to support you and help you grow, when it gets tough we will be there, and so will your classmates.

Note: We had students who managed Dutch classes once or twice a week, or a volunteering activity in the weekends. Anything more is taking away from your learning and growth here.

At this time we cannot accept applications from all candidate profiles, here's why: when Restart Network first started it was meant as a way to integrate refugees in our community. Since then we have decided to gradually open our doors to offer an opportunity to a better life to more people. As much as we would like to completely open admissions, our resources only make it possible for us to recruit the following backgrounds (for now).

> Refugees with permanent asylum in the Netherlands
> People of any nationality receiving Dutch Social Benefits as a direct result of unfair circumstances (see what we mean)
> Underrepresented minorities in the technology industry (example profile)
> At this moment we only accept candidates who can reach our campus in Rotterdam within 1 hour of travel and at their own expense

If you are unsure about your eligibility to apply, or you have other questions regarding the admission process, please do not hesitate to reach out with your question directly to our Admission Director, Fred Rustler (

Note: We have been receiving an increasing amount of applications from university students or fresh graduates. We love you, our founders were in school when Restart Network first started, however we cannot offer admission to university students at this moment. Please check Turing Society and 42 for tuition-free coding school alternatives.

Upon successful completion of the three parts of the program (Bootcamp, Guide and Developer) you will receive a certificate and a letter of recommendation recognizing your achievement. Please note that Restart Network is registered as a non-profit with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK), and that we are not an accredited educational institute in the Netherlands. Here's why we do not seek to change that:

In the tech industry, more so than in any other industry, one's ability to deliver good work is the main driver of success, we follow the same meritocratic rhetoric. All our graduates have a strong portfolio of their work, a thorough understanding of a large array of technologies, and the work ethic and team spirit mindset that will bring value in any environment. In simple words, your future employer will hire you for what you can do, not for your diploma.

We are progressive in both teaching philosophy and worldview, and we prefer not to think about Restart One as a school, but rather as a transformative experience. While we are critics of formal education on many fronts, we believe we have plenty to learn from universities. We regurlarly collaborate with other schools and universities, and are proud to have an advisory board that includes prominent academic figures.

We have a rolling admission policy, that means you can apply at any point during the year and your application will be considered for the next {ONE} intake. We start four bootcamps every year for 100 students - 25 every bootcamp.

Everyone here at Restart Network is excited to read your application and hear your story. Our advice is to write an honest application, and never attempt to write what you believe we would like to hear. We seek to create a diverse class, with people with different perspectives and backgrounds. Please note we take integrity and honesty very seriously, a failure to back parts of your application will lead to an immediate dismissal.

Next Restart One is scheduled to start on January 8th, 2018 and last for 12 consecutive months with breaks between the phases. Applications for this class are open until Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at midnight. Any application submitted after this date will be considered for the class starting in March 2018.

If you share our excitement for the ONE Program and you are ready for one of the most intense and fun experiences of your life, we look forward to hearing from you.

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